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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Janeen's On LakeTime Adventures - A real life lake girl.

This week Janeen has been flooding my email inbox with photos from the past couple of weeks.  Serving as Lakehouse Outfitters Lake Life Apparel Cover Girl is a job she does so graciously and is a beautiful representation of our lake loving customers. 

Janeen is a real life lake girl.  She lives full time on a lake in Michigan and lives our brand to the fullest.  Here's some of our favorites from Janeen's recent photo shoots.

Enjoy!

Love The Lake Tee - which she does!!


Recreational Waters V Neck

Love The Lake Classic White Tee on the Banana Boat!

Commanders Anchor Tank - Lovin' Lake Life

MyLake Shirt in Orange Peel - Janeen's Fav Color this season!

The Neon Coral Beach Tank makes a great cover up

Janeen never sits still - ran her first 5K this summer with friend Elen

Anniversary Trip to the shores of Lake Michigan

Go Jump Raglan Burnout Tank perfect for the pontoon cruise

This Girl Loves Her Lake Terry Pullover and Janeen on her home dock

Janeen and Bo on their dock (love the minnow bucket light holders)

Janeen and Ellen - trouble??


Looks like a sunset cruise

We want this B-A-D

Janeen with her new SUP - Happy Birthday to Janeen!!
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Janeen's On Lake Time Adventures - Season 2 Episode 1

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Janeen's On Lake Time Adventures

Season 2 - Episode 1

After what seemed to us as a long winter with an abundance of storms, white outs and slippery roads we're finally welcoming summer.  And as you'll see this season, Janeen has plenty of activities planned to share.
  
Wasting no time once school was out (Janeen teaches) Janeen's On Lake Time adventure took her to the Taverse City State Park Beach on two wheels!  She shared her adventure with her nature buddy and fellow Lakegirl, Ellen.


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They rode their bikes along the TART trails (Traverse Area Recreational Trail) a 10.5 mile paved trail that connects to resorts, shops, and recreation areas including Clinch Park at the foot of the Grand Traverse Bay.  Traverse City State Park located at the foot of the beautiful Little Traverse Bay.
For the biking and hiking enthusiasts, Janeen also notes other near by and connecting trails include, Boardman Lake Trail, Three Mile Trail and the Leelanau Trail.

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Janeen and Ellen ended their 10 mile bike trip with a picnic lunch at the Traverse City State Park Beach. The beach is just one of the beautiful beaches along the Little Traverse Bay. The bay is a small bay 170 feet deep, off Lake Michigan.


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The cities of  Traverse City, Harbor Springs and Petoskey are well known cities on this bay! It is bordered on the west side by the Old Mission Peninsula where many of the famous Northern Michigan Wines are made.  Traverse City is known most for its  Cherries. It is also an exploding "foodie" destination with excellent "farm-to-table" cuisine! Chef Mario Batali spends his summers in Traverse City.

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Janeen packed a yummy  lunch which included, fresh picked Michigan strawberries from a local farm, a fabulous Asiago Bread baked fresh at the Traverse City Bay Bread Company. And a deelish fresh salad of avacados, sweet corn and white beans, fresh squeezed lime and a little pepper!! Dark chocolates for dessert!!  A glass of wonderful Traverse City wine would have been nice, but they were pedaling bikes!!






 Special thanks to Janeen and Ellen for sharing their awesome bike ride with us!  If you like the On Lake Time Stars, Stripes and Anchor tank Janeen is sporting you can find it HERE along with a new collection of summer apparel designed and worn by women who live at the lake.

Until Next Time. . .


Monday, April 13, 2015

Lake Decor Downloads - Free Decor for The Lake House

Whimsey - Simple - Cute and Clever

Those four words sum up our thoughts on decorating the lake house, especially when it's primarily used as a weekend get-away or second home.

Working hard not to take ourselves to serious with our lake decor concepts as we want the end result as casual and inviting as the cool water on a hot summer day.  After all, if all goes as planned the lake house will be filled with sandy feet, dripping swimsuits, smelly fish and sticky fingers covered in melted chocolate and marshmallows more times than not.

It was with this scenario in mind that we created our Free Monthly Downloads.  Original Art created just for you as our way of saying Thank you for supporting Lakehouse Outfitters in all the ways that you do so well.  Be it chatting with us on Facebook or pinning with us Pinterest or listening to one of our new Playlists on Spotify.   Or possibly you're shopping with us in Canton during First Monday Trade Days, in Log Cabin at The Boatique or ONLINE regardless of how we know you, we appreciate you more than you can imagine.  Small businesses operating in a tough economy do not survive unless their customers want them to.  We work hard to keep your vote to keep us in business and I hope it shows.

As you might expect, we sell a lot of lake house decor  and loved the idea of our customers being able to select a design (or several) download them on their computer and print them at home or at a print shop without spending a dime.

Each month we release a new design and promote it on our social media sites and our email lists.
Currently, we have five designs released and available for download each very different from the other.

We're especially fond of our April Download - Bobber Art





Ready to download, print and frame.



Check out all designs on our HERE

And thank you again, for loving the lake and supporting Lakehouse Outfitters.

Have a great week,

Cindy

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pimento Cheese Recipe - Lazy@The Lake Kitchen


Don't Judge.

I judged and I was taken to task by my friend on Instagram.  I'm so happy she saw my post and shared her love with me.  And now, I'd like to do the same for you.


Here's the story.
(And the recipe)

July 26, 2014 
I was shopping at our local grocery store.  
The same grocery store where this photo was taken. :-)


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While waiting to check out I happen to glance in the cold case just to the left of my shopping cart to see the grab n'go selection of sandwiches being offered this day.

Ewwwwww!  Pimento Cheese!  

Without thinking, I snapped a photo and posted my sarcastic comments on my personal Instagram.  "Things I don't want to eat for $500"

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Almost immediately, my friend Amy commented that she wasn't a fan of store bought
pimento cheese, but she loved the one her grandmother made and offered the recipe.

Two things about this recipe sold me.  

1.  It has horseradish as an ingredient

2.  It's a family recipe with lots of history and love - always key when it comes to recipes and foods that are yummy.


My friend Amy sitting on her grandmother Ginga's kitchen table

I ran out (back to the same grocery store) and bought her suggested ingredients:

  • Dukes Mayo - had not used this before, may never buy another brand of mayo
  • Prepared Horseradish
  • Jar of Pimentos - drained
  • Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese - I love this recipe with Tillamook Cheese if it's available in your area

Then I made it!
Combine shredded cheese, 2T of Dukes Mayo, 1-2T of horseradish and 1/2 jar of pimentos drained in a food processor.  Blend until smooth.  Adjust mayo and horseradish to taste.


Store in refer for up to 7 days.  Don't feel compelled to eat it all at one setting, it actually gets better with each day that passes!
YUM!  I love it on King's Hawaiian Rolls for a savory sweet taste or on crackers, Whole Foods Everything Crackers or the basic Ritz.  It's delish and addictive!  
As I posted a few months later - I cannot believe I actually crave this now.  
I hope you give it a try!

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Pimento Cheese on Kings Hawaiian Rolls



Amy's Story:

Ginga wasn't known as a great cook, but she was a star at making finger (party) foods. She had a few dishes she would make for most parties, and her pimento cheese always at the top of the list. We loved her pimento cheese so much, she would always have it in the refrigerator. We would travel to the Portsmouth commisary, and she would buy a giant blocks of sharp cheddar cheese. It always made me giddy. She was born in South Carolina in 1918, and was quite the southern lady. Every southerner knows,  you have have to have pimento cheese. 

I was fortunate to live just a few miles from my maternal grandparents, Ginga Laura Etta and Pop Pete, in Suffok, Virginia. It was June 1971, and I was the first born grandchild. From the time I was born, Pop Pete would pick me up on Friday afternoon, and I would spend my weekends with my grandparents. This was an every weekend occurance, until I went to college. I loved it, and them so much. Pop Pete loved gardening and woodworking, and Ginga would spend her time "puttering" (as she would say) around the house. Ginga was very active in the community, and church. In that, they entertained quite a bit. 

Over the years we would snack on pimento cheese sandwiches, pimento cheese crackers, pimento cheese on celery, pimento cheese everything. I watched Ginga make so much of the stuff, that I couldn't help but know how to make it. After Ginga passed away in 2007, I learned that I was the only one who knew how to make her pimento cheese. She never wrote down her recipe, and I don't know who taught her how to make it, but I am really glad I spent all of those weekends with Pop Pete and Ginga, and I am so grateful that I paid attention. I always have her pimento cheese ingredients on hand, and I make it all of the time. Whenever I get together with my cousins, her pimento cheese is almost always requested. What a simple, delicious thing, that brings back fun memories of our time with  Ginga and Pop Pete.

If you don't like pimento cheese, I challenge you to try Ginga's. You will be converted.


In Loving Memory of Ginga Laura Etta


Amy Magee - Thank you for sharing.



Monday, February 23, 2015

Janeen's On Lake Time Adventures - Sleeping Bear Dunes

A loooonnnngggg over due post on Janeen's Adventures to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

On November 3rd, Janeen had the day off from teaching and decided it was a perfect day for a fall road trip to see the beautiful fall landscape and visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

I honestly don't know how it's now February 23rd and I'm just now sharing these lovely photos with you.  My regrets!

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park in Michigan


For more information about this National Park CLICK HERE

FUN FACT:  Sleeping Bear Dunes was recognized as The Most Beautiful Place in America
by ABC's Good Morning America 



November 3rd, 2014 Janeen writes: 

I had the day off today so we decided to take a road trip.  We enjoyed a day at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  The Fall color is just about gone here in the Mitten. But it's beautiful here anytime of the year!
The views from atop of the Sleeping Bear Dunes are amazing! Beautiful Caribbean blue water. We visited two very popular spots in the park. Pyramid Point was our first stop. The short hike through the woods and up the Dune was worth the views that greeted us!


February Update:  This month Janeen is bundled up for the dead of winter that has invaded the Mitten.  She's an avid outdoors woman and appears to find enjoyment regardless of the elements Mother Nature throws her way.

Shown in the photo below she's enjoying the 5K Winter Snowstorm Snowshoe event held earlier this month.


SHOP HERE  for the tees Janeen wore during her visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes 

and save 10% when you use coupon code:  Janeen 

Friday, February 20, 2015

No Bake Mississippe Mud Pie - Lazy@The Lake Recipe

Lazy@The Lake Recipe
No Bake Mississippi Mud Pie with Oreo Crust/Topping


Yesterday, we hosted the local real estate community during our monthly  
3rd Thursday Locals Social at The Boatique in Log Cabin.

We are starting to get a reputation for serving delicious desserts so much so, even our customers are sharing their favorite family recipes and asking that we make and serve them at our events!  This is so special for a couple of reasons:
  1.  It saves us from pre-event recipe testing and tasting.  You can tell a good recipe simply by looking  at the recipe card or paper it's been written on.  Worn or aged paper, stains, tears and folds all add to the vetting process.  
  2.  It's a compliment when a recipe is shared.  Makes us feel like family and we love that!
This recipe was texted to me along with a plea:  PLEASE make this for your next event, my sister in law made this over Christmas and it's to die for! 

And yes, Lanette and Christy were correct, everyone loved the Mississippi Mud Pie and asked for the recipe.  So here it is, you'll want to make this - soon. 

Grocery List:

One (1) Package of Oreo Cookies (regular - do not buy double stuff, they have too much filling)
1/4 cup butter, melted
Two (2) Small Packages of Instant Chocolate Pudding
Two (2) 8 oz containers of Cool Whip - thawed
One (1) brick of Philadelphia Cream Cheese - soften
Three (3) cups of Milk



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Yes, add the WHOLE cookie to the processor




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This is what the cookies will look like when ground properly

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Pour crumb mixture into serving vessel (pie plate, cake pan, custard cups, whatever)  


FIRST STEP:
Open Oreos
Taste a cookie to insure freshness.  If unable to make determination, taste another. 
Place 24 whole Oreo cookies in your food processor
turn on and let the cookies turn into crumbs.  They will look like coffee grounds when ready to use.
Once ground, with blades turning add melted butter just until mixed into the cookie crumbs. 
Remove blade and fold with spatula to insure butter is mixed in well.
Set aside 1/8 cup for garnish

Pour remaining cookie mixture into serving vessel, press until firm and chill for one hour.  

NEXT STEP:
Using a mixer
Mix one cup of the thawed cool whip with the soften cream cheese.  Whip until smooth
pour over the chilled crust and spread evenly with spatula.

NEXT:
Mix 3 cups of cold milk with 2 packages of instant chocolate pudding, whip 2 minutes until frothy and pour over cream cheese layer and spread evenly.

FINAL STEP:  Use remaining cool whip - spread desired amount over chocolate pudding and top with remaining oreo cookie crumbs.  (we like to use a healthy amount of topping - don't be stingy here)

Chill for an hour before serving.  Enjoy!

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NOTE: Because, we were serving in the store we used paper serving cups which did add to the labor.  Don't let that scare you - the recipe is intended to be made in a cake or pie plate 
and served family style.





Friday, February 13, 2015

Lake Themed Valentines To Share


You love the lake.  You love those who love the lake.  We thought you might like a Valentine's Card a little different than the ones you get at the grocery store.

Enjoy!


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